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Joe Elliott Show 31st December 2016 Playlist/Transcript (#333)

Joe Elliott 2015. By Chele Drappel

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott hosted another edition of his weekly radio show last night on Planet Rock.

This week's show included songs by David Bowie, Prince and Status Quo.

On the last show of the year Joe paid tribute to the many musicians who passed away in 2016.

The full playlist is shown below and a full transcript.

The show is available until next Saturday using the On Demand feature. It is also repeated on Tuesdays at 9pm.

The Joe Elliott Show - 31st December 2016 Playlist (#333)

  • 01 - Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
  • 02 - Ian Hunter - England Rocks
  • 03 - Mott The Hoople - Thunderbuck Ram
  • 04 - Emerson Lake & Palmer - Knife Edge
  • 05 - David Bowie - Dollar Days (Radio Edit)
  • 06 - Prince - Purple Rain
  • 07 - Leon Russell - A Song For You
  • 08 - The Eagles - Take It Easy
  • 09 - Jefferson Starship - Jane
  • 10 - Paul McCartney And Wings - Hi Hi Hi
  • 11 - Status Quo - Caroline
  • 12 - Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Show Intro

"Evening all and welcome to the final Joe Elliott show of 2016 right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. A year which for some of us can't end soon enough. For me personally and professionally it has been a fantastic year, but as a rock fan it's got to go down as the toughest year of all time with the amount of people that we have lost in the last 12 months or so. So tonight we're gonna celebrate the music of some of those people. Starting out with this bunch of reprobates."


"Title track from the album Ace Of Spades there by Motorhead. Of course it all started off, it was like Lemmy was ground zero. 28th December, just before the New Year started, he passed away. And that was only about five weeks after Phil 'filthy animal' Taylor passed away. So Motorhead really, really, really sad that in that short period of time we lost two of the real key members of that band. Motorhead Ace Of Spades."

Ian Hunter

"Now other than the fact that this song is absolutely magnificent, there's a good reason why I've chosen this particular Ian Hunter song. And don't fret, Ian is still with us."

"And before that Ian Hunter from the Overnight Angels album sessions. It wasn't on the album, it was a stand alone single. Consequently different bass player to the album. And the bass player was Jimmy Bain. Jimmy Bain of course best known for his work with DIO and Rainbow and of course lastly Last In Line who he was with on the Def Leppard cruise when he sadly passed away in January of this year. The song, also featured on the first Down 'n' Outz album, England Rocks."

Mott The Hoople

"Now that particular song ticks two boxes actually. The near miss and the sadly gone. The near miss being Mick Ralphs who had a stroke just after the UK Bad Company tour finished. He is on the mend so fingers crossed and all our love to Mick Ralphs. And sadly gone Buffin the drummer. Dale Griffin passed away in January. The band Mott The Hoople from their 1970 album Mad Shadows. That particular song sung by Mick Ralphs. Track called Thunderbuck Ram."

Emerson Lake & Palmer

"Now this may well be deemed gallows humour but the grim reaper was not very kind to Emerson Lake & Palmer this year, because he took Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. One can only think that Carl Palmer is hiding somewhere in a very dark room."

"And before that from an album called El Pea, it was actually on the first Emerson Lake & Palmer album, but I discovered it on a compilation album put out by Island Records in 1970 I think it was. The band Emerson Lake & Palmer, the track Knife Edge."

David Bowie

"When you've invested yourself emotionally in an artist over a long period of time, it really is devastating when you hear of their loss. We heard about the vigils that were held in Central Park for John Lennon. We know about the gatherings when Elvis passed away, but for me when David Bowie passed away it was like losing my father for the second time. I've been a fan for over 40 years. I own every single piece of work he's ever done. And I decided to play something from his last record there because it's such an emotional roller coaster to listen to. The album is Blackstar. The song we just heard Dollar Days."

"You are listening to the very last Joe Elliott show of the year 2016. It's time for a little break. When we come back, Prince's finest hour."


"And before that great guitar work, right up there with the Hendrix's of this world. Prince with the title track from his album Purple Rain."

Leon Russell

"Acknowledged as an enormous influence on the likes of Ian Hunter and Elton John and many, many others and had a great working relationship with Sheffield's Joe Cocker. The man Leon Russell. And from his debut album back in 1970 that is A Song For You. Once covered by Ray Charles."

The Eagles

"So as the grim reaper wields his mighty scythe once again we pay tribute to Glenn Frey from The Eagles."

"And before that taken from The Best Of The Eagles, who else but The Eagles, with Take It Easy. Paying tribute to Glenn Frey."

Jefferson Starship

"He helped form the band Jefferson Airplane back in 1965. Went on to massive commercial success when they changed their name to Jefferson Starship. He was the guitar player , and like so many this year, he's no longer with us. His name Paul Kantner. From the Starship years that is Jane."

Paul McCartney And Wings

"OK so let's take a ride round the Red Rose Speedway shall we with Paul McCartney And Wings."

And before that Paul McCartney And Wings. Paying tribute to a fantastic Irish guitarist called Henry McCullough who died this year. We heard the song Hi Hi Hi from the album Red Rose Speedway."

Read Joe's tribute to Rick Parfitt of Status Quo.

Show Outro

"So as this show comes to an end over the beautiful sounds of Jeff Buckley's version of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah. I say my goodbyes to people that have touched me over my life that have left us this year."

"People from the arts. People from the world of sport. Mostly though, musicians. We say goodbye to the likes of Arnold Palmer, Robert Vaughan, Johan Cruyff, Muhammad Ali, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, George Michael, Rick Parfitt, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Andrew Sachs, Sir George Martin, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, Pete Burns, Henry McCullough, Paul Kantner, Scotty Moore, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, Leon Russell, Caroline Aherne, Victoria Wood, Glenn Frey, Prince, Alan Rickman, Jimmy Bain, Lemmy, Buffin and David Bowie."

"Happy New Year everyone. And here's to a kinder 2017."

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